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Published: 04/28/11

Gadhafi Forces Shell Frontline City in West Libya

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Gadhafi Forces Shell Frontline City in West Libya

MISRATA, Libya -- Moammar Gadhafi's forces shelled civilian areas in the rebel-held city of Misrata on Thursday, killing 10 people. Regime supporters and opponents battled on another front in western Libya for control of a crossing point along the Tunisian border, killing refugees as they fled. Rockets and other artillery fire slammed into Misrata's western Garara neighborhood, sending up deadly showers of shrapnel. At the city's Hikma hospital, relatives shouting "God is great" collected the dead, each with the word "martyr" written in marker on their white funeral shrouds. Cristophe ...

Published: 04/28/11

Gadhafi Regime Hands Weapons to Civilians

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Gadhafi Regime Hands Weapons to Civilians

GAZAHIYA, Libya -- A 22-year-old university student balanced an unloaded grenade launcher on his shoulder, grunted loudly in place of an explosion as he pulled the trigger, then handed the weapon to the next man. The military drill on the lawn of a clinic in a remote village in government-controlled western Libya was part of what Moammar Gadhafi's regime has tried to portray as a large-scale arming and training of the home front. Foreign reporters on a government tour were also taken to a school where a couple of teenage boys fired Kalashnikov rifles in the air. The scenes appeared to have b...

Published: 04/28/11

Libya Rebels: NATO Accidentally Killed 12 of Our Fighters

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Libya Rebels: NATO Accidentally Killed 12 of Our Fighters

A NATO airstrike has accidentally killed up to 12 Libyan rebels in an apparent case of mistaken friendly fire that rebel commanders say could have been avoided. At first, Libyan rebels who've been pleading for more help from NATO in battling Moammar Gadhafi's forces were hesitant to even admit the deaths from Wednesday's NATO airstrike in Misrata. But as the bodies piled up, rebel commanders acknowledged that they believe NATO mistakenly fired on their men. NATO said it was looking into the claim. Journalist Marie Colvin, of London's Sunday Times newspaper, counted 11 bodies herself, CNN ...

Published: 04/27/11

NATO: F-16 Fighter Jet Crash-Lands at Italian Airbase

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NATO: F-16 Fighter Jet Crash-Lands at Italian Airbase

BRUSSELS -- An F-16 fighter-bomber from the United Arab Emirates crashed on landing Wednesday at an air base in southern Italy after completing a transfer flight from another base, officials said. He said the pilot ejected safely after landing on the outbound runway at the air base at Sigonella in western Sicily at 11:35 am. The official, who could not be named in line with standing regulations, said the warplane had just arrived from an air base in Sardinia. Sigonella is located about 360 miles (600 kilometers) north of Libya's capital, Tripoli. It has been used extensively by aircraft fro...

Published: 04/27/11

Gadhafi's Daughter: 'You Never Know When a Rocket or Bomb Might Hit You'

By  Lauren Frayer - AOL News
Gadhafi's Daughter: 'You Never Know When a Rocket or Bomb Might Hit You'

As NATO bombs rain down on Moammar Gadhafi's compound, the daughter of the Libyan dictator says she's been telling her three young children bedtime stories about the afterlife "to make them ready." "In a time of war, you never know when a rocket or a bomb might hit you, and that will be the end," Aisha Gadhafi, 36, told The New York Times in her first interview with the Western press in several months. She spoke to the newspaper Sunday at her charitable foundation in Tripoli, just hours before beefed-up NATO airstrikes hit the nearby family compound again. Pier Paolo Cito, AP Moam...

Published: 04/25/11

Flight Attendants Overpower Hijacker Who Wanted to Go to Libya

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Flight Attendants Overpower Hijacker Who Wanted to Go to Libya

Italian police have jailed a Kazakh man today who allegedly held a knife to a flight attendant's throat and demanded that his Paris-to-Rome flight reroute to Libya. The crew overpowered the would-be hijacker, who was said to be agitated and cackling, and the plane landed safely in Italy. The incident took place late Sunday on Alitalia Flight AZ329, the airline said in a statement. It described the assailant as "a passenger in an evident state of agitation" who assaulted a flight attendant. Reports differ as to the weapon, with some saying the man brandished a small knife and held it to a flig...

Published: 04/24/11

Strike on Gadhafi Compound Badly Damages Buildings

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Strike on Gadhafi Compound Badly Damages Buildings

TRIPOLI -- An air strike on Moammar Gadhafi's sprawling residential compound early Monday badly damaged two buildings, including a structure where Gadhafi often held meetings, guards at the complex said. Two large missiles or bombs exploded in Gadhafi's Bab Al-Aziziya compound just after midnight, lightly wounding four people, according to a security guard at the site who spoke on condition of anonymity. Gadhafi's whereabouts at the time of the attack were unclear. Related Stories In Easter Message, Pope Urges Diplomacy in Libya Libyan Rebels Say They Drove G...

Published: 04/24/11

Libyan Rebels Say They Drove Gadhafi's Forces Out of Misrata

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Libyan Rebels Say They Drove Gadhafi's Forces Out of Misrata

TRIPOLI, Libya -- Rebel fighters drove Moammar Gadhafi's forces to the edge of the besieged western city of Misrata on Sunday, taking control of the main hospital where government troops had been holed up, a resident said. In the fighting, Gadhafi loyalists fired dozens of rockets at Misrata on Sunday, said the resident, despite claims by the Libyan government that the army has held its fire since Friday. The resident asked to be identified only by his given name, Abdel Salam, for fear of retribution. http://xml.channel.aol.com/xm...

Published: 04/23/11

Heavy Fighting Rages in Libyan City of Misrata

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Heavy Fighting Rages in Libyan City of Misrata

TRIPOLI, Libya - Heavy fighting raged anew in Misrata and killed 24 people Saturday as Moammar Gadhafi's forces gave up more ground inside Libya's third-largest city. The U.S. said its first Predator drone attack in the country destroyed a government rocket launcher that had menaced civilians in the western city. Hundreds of people have been killed in rebel-held Misrata in a two-month government siege backed by tanks, mortars and snipers. On Friday night, the regime said it was withdrawing its military forces and allowing armed tribesmen to take over the battle. But the opposition was skeptic...

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